• 23
      Jun
      Indiana Jones meets Mozart in The Magic Flute
      The Indiana Jones-inspired tale of adventure is heading to the Empire Theatre on July 16 for  Opera Australia’s brand new production of The Magic Flute. A spirited Egyptian adventure will see twelve Opera Australia singers join a local children’s choir under the baton of conductors Simon Kenway and Paul Fitzsimon. The Magic Flute follows the journey of two young couples, where new strengths are ...
    • 16
      Jun
      Squaring the Wheel brings fun to School Holidays
      The Armitage Centre will host a unique children’s theatre experience these school holidays with the incredible one-man-show Squaring the Wheel to be performed on June 30 and July 1. Squaring the Wheel combines circus, clowning, strange mechanisms and contraptions, puppetry, magic and music into an unusual, thingamabobbish theatre extravaganza. A flying broom, 17 balls, 34 metres of bent steel, 4...
    • 12
      Jun
      Miss Saigon to be performed in Armitage Centre
      The Toowoomba Choral Society is just days away from opening night of their latest production, Miss Saigon to be performed in the Armitage Centre from June 18-21. With more than 80 people involved in bringing the production to life, the show will be presented with full action in front of an orchestra and choir onstage. Set in 1975 during the fall of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an intense love story that...
    • 06
      Jun
      Curtain to fall on Mary Poppins this weekend
      Following the successful beginning to the season last weekend, the cast of the Empire Theatres major production, Mary Poppins have just two performances before the curtain falls for the last time. More than 80 local performers, crew and creatives were involved in the production as part of the on stage cast, backstage crew, singers and orchestra, led by talented local singer and dancer, Shannon...
    • 22
      May
      Dancer taps into professional experience for Mary Poppins
       When former professional dancer Justin Tamblyn heard that the Disney classic, Mary Poppins was to be brought to life by the Empire Theatre, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to be involved. Making his debut in an Empire Theatres major production, Justin has been cast in the lead role of Mary Poppin’s loveable friend and chimney sweep, Bert, a role known for its playful charm, and energetic pres...
    • 18
      May
      Mary Poppins to Open Next Week
      After months of rehearsal, the talented cast and crew of the 2015 Empire Theatres major production, Mary Poppins, are ready to raise the curtain on one of musical theatres family favourites. The Empire Theatres seven show season of Mary Poppins, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, opens Thursday 28 May and runs until Sunday 7 June. Leading the large cast is talented local singer Shannon Gralow as...
    • 23
      Apr
      I am Jack brings anti-bullying message to stage
      The Empire Theatres present a thought provoking and poignant story exploring the damage bullying can inflict on victims with three performances of I am Jack. Based on the best-selling book by Susanne Gervay, I am Jack follows the story of Jack, a boy who is smart, funny and is being bullied.   It’s a powerful one-man show, which explores the often overlooked insidious taunting and teasing and the...
    • 16
      Apr
      Melbourne Comedy Festival Travels to the Empire Theatre
      The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on the road again with a huge night of laughs at the Empire Theatre on May 16. Featuring some of the best from one of the world’s biggest comedy festivals, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is night of hilarity not to be missed. Now in it’s 17th year, the Roadshow brings some of the best home-grown talent and international comedians...
    • 15
      Apr
      Everything Must Go Tours Toowoomba and Regional Areas
      Audiences from the Toowoomba region and beyond have the opportunity to see the comedic and unique story of a misfit finding her way come to life on stage when it tours the Darling and Southern Downs. Appearing in the Empire Church Theatre on Wednesday 29 April, Everything Must Go will also travel to Clifton, Crows Nest, Millmerran, Warwick, Yarraman, Cambooya, Miles and Oakey. Written and performe...
    • 15
      Apr
      Mary Poppins Rehearsals Take Flight
      Rehearsals for the Empire Theatre’s 2015 major production, Mary Poppins are well underway with both cast and crew working towards the opening night of May 28. Director and Choreographer, Alison Vallette said the talented cast were doing a fabulous job piecing the show together. “Every member of this production brings individual skills to the stage, so a very complex depth is already developing wit...
    • 02
      Apr
      Queensland Ballet Brings Delightful Mayhem to Toowoomba
      After a sellout season in Brisbane last year, Queensland Ballet’s acclaimed production of Coppélia will be performed at the Empire Theatre on May 1. This new production choreographed by Queensland Ballet’s Greg Horsman, delighted Brisbane audiences last year with its engaging story of young love. Horsman has brought his unique style and approach to this production of Coppélia, one of the most ...
    • 19
      Feb
      Bushranger Story gets a new twist on Empire Stage
      The story of Australia’s most famous bushranger will take to the Empire Stage on Wednesday, March 18, with a unique quick- fire drama starring some Queensland’s finest actors. Written by Queensland playwright Matthew Ryan, Kelly had its world premiere season in 2012 as part of Queensland Theatre Company’s mainstage program, and won critical acclaim. Three of Brisbane’s finest actors will bring t...
    • 01
      Dec
      Mary Poppins Creative Team Announced
      The Empire Theatre is pleased to announce the talented creative team which will be responsible for bringing to life the classic family favourite, Mary Poppins from May 28- June 7 next year.  Leading the team as Director/Choreographer is Alison Vallette, who is no stranger to the Empire Theatre stage, having directed the very successful Hairspray in 2013, Cats in 2009 and choreographing The Phantom...
    • 20
      Nov
      Empire Theatre Launch 2015 Season
      A massive year of exciting entertainment for local audiences was unveiled last night with the launch of the Empire Theatres 2015 Season. Headlining the 2015 Season is the Empire Theatres major in-house production of the classic musical full of magic and adventure, Mary Poppins.  Empire Theatres General Manager, Kerry Saul said Mary Poppins, proudly presented by Heritage Bank, was a great follow ...
    • 05
      Nov
      Mary Poppins Cast Announced
      Two local music teachers will lead a sensational cast with the presentation of classic family musical, Mary Poppins at the Empire Theatre from May 28, 2015.  Experienced musical theatre performer and local violin teacher, Shannon Gralow will take on the title role of Mary Poppins, following on from her recent role as Meg Giry in the Empire Theatre’s The Phantom of the Opera and previous leading ro...
    • 31
      Oct
      Mary Poppins Auditions Open
      The Empire Theatre is searching for talented cast members for their upcoming 2015 major production, Mary Poppins. Audition information packs are now available on the Empire Theatres website for actors, singers and dancers with auditions starting November 15. Expressions of Interest packs for Crew and Orchestra members are also available on the Empire Theatres website. Empire Theatres General Manag...
    • 21
      Oct
      Youth Bursary Recipients Announced
      A group the region’s youngest talents were acknowledged yesterday when the recipients of the 2014 Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Bursaries were announced. More than $13,000 in bursaries were awarded, aiming to assist young artists who demonstrate current involvement and achievement in a performing arts discipline as they forge a career and expand their education and development.  Past winners of...
    • 08
      Sep
      Empire Theatres Officially Opens Armitage Centre
      After years of planning and preparation, the Empire Theatres and Toowoomba Regional Council are thrilled to unveil the Armitage Centre, the latest addition to the cultural precinct. The $5.5 million building was named in recognition of prominent businesspeople and major donors to the project Clive and Conchita Armitage.  This new facility, located behind the existing Empire Church Theatre, include...
    • 13
      Jun
      Brian Boak Bursary Recipients Announced
      Two performers from South East Queensland have been awarded the prestigious Empire Theatres Foundation Brian Boak ‘Outstanding Performer’ Bursary. Toowoomba Jazz Saxophonist, Angela Davis and Brisbane actor, Steven Rooke will share the valuable bursary from the Empire Theatres Foundation to further progress their careers in the arts. Empire Theatres Foundation Chairperson, Sheena Liley said bot...